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Bears were mammals native to the planet Earth.

Bears on Earth[]


On Earth several specific Species of bear were known, including the cave bear, (TV: Ghost Light) the brown bear, (PROSE: The Plotters) the panda (PROSE: The Last Dodo) and the polar bear. (AUDIO: The Wreck of the Titan)

In 100,000 BC, Za vowed to kill bears and bring their skins to the Tribe of Gum, although Horg doubted that he would do so. (TV: An Unearthly Child)

About 120 AD, the Tenth Doctor found himself opposing lions, tigers and bears in the Flavian Amphitheatre. When the bear approached, the Doctor quickly climbed a tree, losing his sonic screwdriver in his haste. He dropped on the back of the bear, scooped up his screwdriver and gave the beast a burst at the right frequency. The bear meandered away. (PROSE: The Stone Rose)

In 1605, Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton witnessed the baiting of a brown bear on the streets of London. (PROSE: The Plotters)

Bears were listed in the Avalonian Bestiary of all animal life on the 22nd century Earth colony Avalon. (PROSE: The Sorcerer's Apprentice)

In circa 5000, Jamie and Elric Penley were attacked by a bear. Penley tranquillised it, but was clawed while doing so. (TV: The Ice Warriors)

A wild bear. (COMIC: A Rose by Any Other Name)

While he was in a forest alongside Rose-the-cat, the Tenth Doctor was attacked by a grey bear. (COMIC: A Rose by Any Other Name)

Animals similar to bears[]

The Yeti species Yeti Traversii were more bear-like compared to fellow Yeti Mih-teh and Dzu-teh, who were closely related to apes. (PROSE: Downtime)

Products related to bears[]

During a leadership struggle, Za promised to kill many bears the next day to provide warm skins for his tribe after Kal brought the First Doctor, whom Kal saw producing fire. (TV: "An Unearthly Child")

Hex once came across a seven-foot stuffed bear. The Seventh Doctor said it was used by a university for anatomical demonstration. (AUDIO: Night Thoughts)

Toy stuffed bears — in the form of teddy bears — were also popular on Earth, from around the late 19th century. (TV: The Snowmen)

Bears in popular culture[]

Winnie the Pooh, a storybook character, was an anthropomorphic bear. (PROSE: Fallen Angel, Time and Relative, et al.)

Paddington Bear was a fictional bear. (PROSE: Future Legend) A book entitled A Bear Called Paddington was present in a library that the Twelfth Doctor and Bill Potts broke into. (PROSE: The Shining Man)

In November 1988, Richard Maynarde thought he heard a bear. Lady Peinforte reassured him that it would not follow them because such things happened only in the theatre. (TV: Silver Nemesis)

Lynda Moss told the Ninth Doctor about a popular television series called Bear With Me, a show about three people living with a bear. (TV: Bad Wolf)

Bears from elsewhere[]

Horned bears were among the native lifeforms of Tiermann's World. (PROSE: Sick Building)

The Fifth Doctor once said he had a bear when he was young, but he had to release it when it started eating the furniture. (AUDIO: Cuddlesome)

On Hyspero, Angela ruled over the bears of Kestheven, who shaved their golden fur and went about hairless. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)

Solar bears lived in the ice clouds of New Earth, deriving their energy from the sun. (AUDIO: The Skies of New Earth)

Other references[]

The First Doctor's sodden coat made him feel like he was wearing a bear. (PROSE: A Big Hand for the Doctor)

Despite being based off a panda bear, Panda often took offence to being called a "bear". (AUDIO: Wildthyme at Large)

The skeleton of a Heavenite was identified by Benny as "probably something like a bear with an opposable thumb". (PROSE: Love and War, AUDIO: Love and War)